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Mar 16, 2011 7:00pm PDT
at the fukushima daiichi power plant which has just been operated. right now you are looking at the defense ministry where there is about to be a press conference to explain the operation pouring water on the fukushima daiichi power plant. two japan self defense forces helicopters have sprayed water on the reactor building at the fukushima daiichi power plant. tokyo police guard will use a water cannon truck to spray water from the outside to cool the storage fuel. each helicopter is capability of carrying 7.5 tons of sea water. the operation was held at around 9:48, 9:52, 9:54 a.m. and also 10:00 a.m. on thursday morning. due to radiation levels, though, the operation should be conducted from a minimum altitude and limited to 40 minutes per helicopter per day. on wednesday, a white plume was seen rising from a reactor building at the fukushima daiichi power plant. tokyo electric power company says water in a storage pool intended to cool spent fuel apparently evaporated from the vapor has the cooling system has not been working since the quake. there is urgent need for cooling to stop the
Mar 15, 2011 7:00pm PDT
billowing from the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. we are looking at the footage taken earlier. about 20 minutes ago at the fukushima daiichi power plant where what appears to be white smoke blowing from the fukushima daiichi power plant. what has been happening since then is the plant reported another fire and flames were seen coming from some of the reactors then and now from 10:00 a.m. an nhk helicopter is flying 30 kilometer away from the plant had been taken footages of this nhk fukushima daiichi i plant where you see white smoke billowing from there. we do not know if it is caused by the flame, or if it is hydrogen explosion. we will be updating with you as we have more details on that. you are now looking at footage taken about 20 minutes ago at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant where smoke is billowing from there. about 10:00 a.m. japan time,ening a nhk helicopter filmed smoke coming from the fukushima daiichi power plant. helicopter is flying 30 kilometers away from the plant. we don't know the details of which reactor it is coming from, or whether it is caused by fla
Mar 17, 2011 7:00pm PDT
on the ground, depends on the expert opinions. the power is now coming near the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. we need to assist with how much work we can continue in order to supply nuclear power in to the nuclear power plant from outside. and water spraying on number 3 reactor, this should also continue constantly. >>> translator: according to the report today, the u.s. government offers technical assistance, but the japanese declined that offer. this is an important point, so i'd like clarify what happened. on the part of the government, and cabinet, we don't recognize that such a fact has happened. as for the offer from the u.s. government, we'd like to receive more support from the u.s. government on what can be provided from the u.s. government and what is needed in the disaster areas being coordinated and discussed. and at least, on our part, from the cabinet, we have never said that we don't need such support. we are requesting for specific support to the u.s. government, and they are responding, as well. >>> translator: this is a followup question. secretary of state hillary cl
Mar 28, 2011 7:00pm PDT
detected in soil samples from the compounds of the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. the operator of the plant, tokyo electric power company, says the level detected is very low and does not pose a threat to human health. the government said it will conduct further monitoring to see its possible effects. >> translator: concentration of the detected plutonium is comparable to the environmental fallo fallout, it is comparable to the level that will be found in our environment. however, if you look at the types of plutonium, the composition is different from the general fallout. because of this we believe this plutonium is likely to come from the reactor. higher level of plutonium, we need to take additional measures, so our intention for now is to continue on with the monitoring on the site. >>> chief cabinet secretary edano also said the fact that plutonium was detected proves that fuel rods had temporarily melted down in the reactor and that this is a grave situation. he said the government is making all-out efforts to prevent further possible effects in the surrounding areas. tep
Mar 14, 2011 5:30pm PDT
, the fear of the population of the radiation leak as a result of the problems with the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. they are actually leaving sendai city. they are heading south towards tokyo. others are trying to get ahold of maxxam the -- magnesium iodine tablets. there's still a lot of fear and nervousness every time the ground trembles, there are aftershocks, there are tsunami warnings. this is very much a nation trying to come to terms with the colossal loss of the last few days. but the main headlines this hour on "bbc world news." japan is appealing for international help as technicians struggled to cool -- to " overheating in the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. they warned a meltdown as possible. work is being hampered by aftershocks and fears of a second tsunami. the desperate efforts to control the situation of the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant have raised a serious question about a major radiation leak and the risks to anyone nearby. we have david shukman on the dangers. >> and near the nuclear power station today, as seen most people would dread. a test for radioactive
Mar 15, 2011 4:00am EDT
the area around japan's fukushima daiichi power plant and that means an estimated 650,000 people have been forced from their homes because of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, andrew. >> and nina, and the red cross has been saying it could take weeks before a full picture emerges of the damage caused in that northern region by the tsunami and the full extent of the death toll, as well. >>> well, meanwhile fear is tightening its grip on investors in japan. losses have spread throughout asia this day and look set to make their way around the world. we'll be looking at the damage done to the markets when we come back. [ jane ] here's me. and here's my depression. before i started taking abilify, i was taking an antidepressant alone. most days i could put on a brave face and muddle through. but other days i still struggled with my depression. i was managing, but it always had a way of creeping up on me. i felt stuck. i just couldn't shake my depression. so i talked to my doctor. he said adding abilify to my antidepressant could help with my depression, and that some people had symptom imp
Mar 30, 2011 7:00pm PDT
the latest developments at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. >> translator: reportedly iaea suggested the japanese government issue an evacuation order. what do you say? >> translator: yes, the iaea has been conducting a soil survey, and one of the sample readings have exceeded iaea recommended leve levels, and it's been advised to the japanese government that we should take careful decisions based on these sampling results, and they will -- we have been continuing the atmospheric radiation surveys near the site and the iaea sampling results will also be taken into consideration for further detailed monitoring on the part of the japanese government. and as to the radiation levels in soil, this has exceeded the recommended limits. if the health hazard can develop to humans who stay near the site for prolonged periods of time, but there is no immediate health hazards if the exposure will continue for a prolonged period of time, the impact can occur. we will continue the ongoing survey, so there is no plan at the moment to expand the evacuation area. we do recognize that the ra
Mar 21, 2011 7:00pm PDT
. >>> radioactive substances have been detected in sea water samples taken near the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. the nuclear and industrial safety agency says a further test will be carried out to determine the effects on marine life and sea water in the area. tokyo electric power company checked the levels in samples taken from an area 100 meters south of the plant water outlet at 2:30 p.m. on monday. it said that water contained higher than permissible levels of radioactive materials. iodine 131 was 126.7 times higher than the legal level. cesium 134 was 24.8 times higher. and cesium 137 was 16.5 times higher. cobalt 58 was below the legal limit. >> translator: considering the use of the area, we do not consider this is going to pose any immediate threat to human bodies. concerning the result of measurement, currently the cabinet minister, the safety commission is assessing the data currently. this is the superior body to the safety agency. so far the samples taken from only one location and this may not be sufficient to draw any appropriate conclusion. there was an announcement earlier
Mar 25, 2011 7:00pm PDT
at the fukushima daiichi plant remains serious. tokyo electric power company has had to change its strategy to restore cooling systems at the plant due to high radiation levels at the site. reactors one through four all lost their cooling capabilities when external and backup power supplies failed after the quake and tsunami. tepco has been working to restore external power while trying to cool the reactors. the three workers were exposed to highly radioactive water in the basement of the turbine building of the number three reactor on thursday. the radiation level there was very high. the company revealed that 200 millisieverts per hour were measured at one time. this led to a change in plans. in an effort to continually cool the reactors, tepco started to pump fresh water instead of sea water into the number one and three reactors on friday. with this strategy in mind, the company intended to use the reactors' water pumps, but instead they were forced to use pump trucks from a distance because high radiation levels were detected near the water pumps. the company plans to switch on lights
Mar 16, 2011 5:00am EDT
in the number four reactor wednesday at the fukushima daiichi power station damaged by last week's earthquake. officials tell us this fire can no longer be seen. it caused radiation to spike to about 167 the level people are no normally exposed to in a year. that's according to the international atomic energy agency. all six reactors are now experiencing problems. they've been hydrogen gas explosions in reactors one, two and three, and authorities believe there may have been a breach of the containment vessel in the third react are tore. readings near the plant's front gate are fluctuating by the hour but the chief cabinet secretary says, as we just heard there, it's currently not a risk to people's health. >>> and, meanwhile, power station staff who are critical to the operation at the daiichi plant have returned. they were forced out early wednesday when radiation readings shot up to dangerous levels. well, the united nations nuclear watchdog says about 150 people around the site have been monitored for radiation exposure. 23 of them it had to be deac decontaminat decontaminated. all flight
Mar 15, 2011 10:00pm EDT
. the nuclear emergency, particularly at this fukushima daiichi plant. each reactor with their separate problems. i want to bring in jim walsh and our own tom foreman, who has been looking into the spent fuel rods. jim, first of all, let's talk about reactor number four, a second fire today in reactor number four. what does that mean, how serious is it? >> well, i think it's serious. to have one fire is serious. to have one fire when you already have problems at three other plants is very serious. but when you have a repeat fire at the same place, you know, the first time maybe that's bad luck. the second time you've got to ask yourself, is something going on here? is something going on that we better solve or we're going to see another fire tomorrow or a fire at unit five or a fire at unit six? and each time there was one of these fires, the danger to those spent fuel ponds increases. increases because they're not contained. unlike the reactors at one, two and three, there's no big concrete shielding for them. if they are compromised, it would be very serious indeed. >> let's display each of th
Mar 15, 2011 4:30am PDT
. >> this is country that has been on edge since the massive quake but word of another explosion at fukushima daiichi brought concerns to new lel. it occurred at the second reactor at 6:00 in the morning and it sparked immediate concern because that reactor out of all three was the most seriously damaged. crews have been working around the clock to kill the reactor to kill it with sea water, efforts failed this time. emergency workers were withdrawn from the plant and they were told to evacuate immediately. prime minister on a nationally televised address said that evacuations are in place and stay indoors and monitor radiation levels. officials are quick to point out they are only at dangerous levels in areas of close proximity of the plant. meantime, further north, it's a 24-hour operation to rescue survivors from the tsunami. some are reporting they cannot handle all the dead body. they are running out of food and water. >> nuclear engineers at u.c. berkeley have been helping counterparts in japan and monitoring the situation closely. the explosion in unit 2 came a surprise to them because they kn
Mar 18, 2011 4:30am PDT
. nuclear safety agency raised the severity crisis at fukushima daiichi from a four to a five that is 7-level scale. they compare to a partial meltdown like three-mile island. they are asking officials for help after dangerously overheated energy plant and fire trucks including one from the u.s. have been able to reach the cooling pool and building 3 this morning. panic is spreading around the plant and reported 10,000 people are fleeing even outside the evacuation zone. more than 16,000 people have been confirmed dead or missing since the quake struck a week ago. now the latest from japan. >> reporter: it's an all out battle to save the fukushima daiichi plant. they went in with high pressure water cannons to spray water to avert a potential meltdown. cruises went in with helicopters dropping 30 tons of sea water. that did little to cool it down at the site site and they said they would not resume aerial operations for now. 300 men are working around the clock to save the plant all opting to remain nameless. a wife sharing her husband e-mail. please live well, i won't be home for a whi
Mar 20, 2011 8:30pm PDT
of explosions and fires crippled the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant and the pressure inside set the number three reactor's containment vessel is rising. it is really worrisome. the self-defense force, fire departments and other entities have been working desperately to minimize the radioactive materials. what can we do? what should we do to prevent. we have a two-part report. in the first half of the program we'd like to report on the nuclear crisis. in the second half we'd like to report on the affected people. first, we would like to update you on the crisis of the nuclear power plant. as for the number one and number two reactors, the workers are trying to light cables to restore the power. however, the overall power system is yet to be restored. why is it so hard to make the power system alive again which is considered to be that? the essential factor to bring the end with the solution that we -- a construction worker explained to us at the time of the blackout. >> we were able to interview one worker who was working at the reactor number one and twongs w with this man who w
Mar 24, 2011 7:00pm PDT
to the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. workers at the plant have to deal with high radiation levels as efforts to restart cooling systems in the athe reactor buildings. on thursday, three workers were take on the the hospital after being exposed to a high level of radiation. two of the men could be suffering from so-called beta burns. they are similar to regular burns but it could be several weeks before their severity and complications are known. the workers were standing on a flooded basement floor when they tried to reconnect power lines in the turbine building next to the number three reactor building. the radiation level on the surface of the water was 400 millisieverts. the maximum level of radiation exposure allowed for nuclear plant workers in japan is 100 millisieverts, but a health and labor ministry has recently raised the limit to 250 millisieverts for emergency crews at the fukushima plant. >>> translator: presuming the radiation level will be low enough the night of 24th, the workers did not realize the changes in their working environment and individual dosimeters ale
Mar 16, 2011 4:30am EDT
fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant has gone from critical to desperate. the plant has suffered severe damage and so far, efforts to gain control have failed. here's the latest. a surge in radiation levels forced the remaining workers at the plant to temporarily withdraw. early this morning, a second fire broke out at reactor number four. this one may involve the outer shell of the containment building. and japanese officials also say the outer containment building of another reactor may have been compromised. charlie d'agata is in takasaki japan with more this morning. he joins us. good morning, charlie, what's the latest there? >> good morning to you, betty. the latest is, thankfully, the fire is out, and the plant's operators said they've been able to stabilize the temperature and the pressure in that critical unit. the reactor has gone -- at the same time the japanese government said it's now time to ask the military for help. efforts to prevent a full-blown nuclear disaster suffered a frightening setback overnight. >> have said to be evacuated to a safe location. >> reporter: a da
Mar 18, 2011 5:00am PDT
. this morning, the nuclear safety agency has raised the severity level at fukushima daiichi from a 4 to a 5 on a scale where 7 is the equivalent of chernobyl. they are asking u.s. officials for help. military fire trucks including one borrowed from the u.s. have reportedly been able to reach the cooling pool in building 3 with some water this morning. meanwhile, more than 16,000 people have been confirmed dead or missing since the quake struck. now, the latest on the nuclear part of the crisis. >> japanese government officials are cautiously optimistic about the fukushima daiichi power plant in northern japan. they connected the cooling equipment to a diesel generator allowing them to pump sea water in. they expect to have another pump to cool another two. >> the work is continuing to put water into the power plant. at the same time, effort is going on to evaluate the results of yesterday's work. >> reporter: and the team continued operations at the facility's most troubled reactor. they doused number three with water cannons and dropped water from the air with helicopters. on thursday, pre
Mar 23, 2011 7:00pm PDT
. this is "newsline" for 11:00 a.m. japan time. >>> video footage from the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant shows what appears to be steam or smoke rising from four reactor buildings. this footage was shot from an nhk helicopter at around 7:00 a.m. on thursday from a distance of over 30 kilometers from the plant. what appears to be steam was rising from the number one reactor building for the first time. 'steam was also seen riding from the buildings of the number 2, number 3, and number 4 reactors. the nuclear and industrial safety agency says that steam was rising from the four reactors as of 10:00 a.m. and that all of it was colorless. at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, work to cool down the storage pool after reactor building has been resumed. on wednesday, black smoke was seen rising from the number 3 reactor building. for safety reasons, work was suspended on restoring the cooling systems of reactor buildings one through four. the nuclear and industrial safety agency says at five 5:35 a.m. on thursday, the black smoke could no longer be seen. >> about the spent fuel pool on march
Mar 14, 2011 11:00pm PDT
.0, making it the 4th largest in the world. explosions and fires are reported at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. radiation levels there are up. kron 4's jonathan bloom has the latest at the plant and the overall radiation threat there and here. >> reporter: an explosion at fukushima daiichi sents a cloud of smoke and huge chunks of debris flying into the air. the latest of flea explosions after last week's earthquake and tsunami. the four nuclear reactor are housed here and in this before and after picture, you can see where one of the walls was blown off. those officials said the radiation leaks at the plant were not enough to cause health concerns, the prime minister now asked people to stay at home with the windows closed. those who lost their home thins earthquake and tsunami filed fine evacuation centers. meanwhile members of the u.s. navy may have been exposed to radiation while performing search and rescue missions from helicopter. 17 crew members were exposed to low amounts of radiation. the navy said follow-up tests indicate they will be fine. though some expressed
Mar 15, 2011 5:00am EDT
. ♪ ♪ japanese authorities are still battling to control the nuclear fukushima daiichi plant. levels have fallen, but they were eight times what is legally considered safe. my colleague is in tokyo. he has the very latest on this developing crisis in japan. >> welcome to tokyo. it is rush hour on a tuesday evening. it has been pretty intense all day long. it is because of the radiation levels that are generated north of here. the radiation levels have fallen according to officials at the plant. a third exposure and in two days. -- explosion in two days. here in tokyo, no dangerous to a human health, or so we were told. the official death toll is now 2400. many thousands are still missing. a total of 10,000. very serious questions are being raised. my fellow colleague has this report. >> the crisis in nuclear plant is worsening by the hour. radiation levels close to the site significantly higher now. an explosion and a fire creating conditions that are a risk to human health, according to the government. >> the reading levels seems to be very high. there are still very high risks, further. >> the
Mar 15, 2011 5:00am PDT
came after a knew fire led to increasing levels of radiation from the fukushima daiichi plant. they say the water inside the storage pool for a damaged reactor may be failing. the at some time of four reactors at the plant have been damaged and there are glimmers of hope. they pulled a 70-year-old woman from the rubble four days after the disaster hit. secretary of state hillary clinton has met with japan's ambassador to offer u.s. assistance. here is the latest. >> in parts of japan hit by an earthquake flattened by a tsunami, a third risk now looms, fears of nuclear meltdown. >> this veekt says it's the most frightening thing but signs of what is happening at the fukushima daiichi plant are not good. all four reactors have had issues including three exposes explosions. >> the prime minister says the leaked radiation level is rather high. >> now we are talking about levels that can impact human health. i would like all of you to take this information calmly. keep inside the house. >> japanese television echoed the warnings affecting 140,000 people. 70,000 have already evacuated. nearby
Mar 15, 2011 6:00am PDT
a new fire that led to increased radiation levels around the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant, nuclear safety official says the water inside the reactors may now be boiling a new sign that efforts to control a meltdown could be failing. despite the growing radiation concerns there are a few glimmers of hope. rescuers have pulled a 70-year-old woman from the rubble alive four days after the disaster hit. woman was found inside a home that had a been washed away by the tsunami. hillary clinton met with japan's ambassador to talk more about u.s. assistance. >> the in parts of japan hit by an earthquake flattened by a tsunami a third risk now looms. fears of nuclear meltdown. >> this evacuee says that most frightening thing. nobody really knows what is happening. but signs what is happening at fukushima daiichi are not good. all four reactors have issues including three explosions. radioactive material could be leaking from the base of the reactor. the leaked radiation level is rather high. >> now we are talking about levels that can impact human health. i would like all of you to take thi
Mar 16, 2011 1:00am EDT
out today in reactor number four. there are six reactors at this one plant, the fukushima daiichi plant. each of the reactors has some sort of a problem. reactors one, two and three have had problems with containment vessels and fear of partial meltdowns in some of those reactors. reactors four, five and six contain spent fuel rods and now there are serious concerns about the safety of those reactors. we're going to have all the details on that tonight. we have new video at this hour from nhk. it's kind of difficult to see what you're looking at, but basically it's a long distance shot of reactor four which you see smoke from reactor four. we assume that's from the fire, although we simply do not know. the second fire is in the damaged reactor number four. inside the plant, right now, a dramatic situation developing. about 50 workers, they've evacuated several hundred of the plant workers. that happened yesterday. right now, there's a core group of about 50 workers who are not leaving. they're trying to prevent a greater disaster. they are right now being exposed to potentially le
Mar 29, 2011 4:00am EDT
we're hearing about radiation levels at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. radioactive water may be leaking from a containment vessel. they've also found plutonium in the soil, but the levels, they say, are not harmful to humans. >>> pro-government demonstrations are expected in syria on tuesday. one of the latest places to have anti-government protests being held. "world business" starts now. >>> good morning, from cnn london, i'm nina del santos. >> and i'm pauline chu, and this is world business today. the top stories on this tuesday, march 29th. u.s. president barack obama tries to explain his country's intervention in libya, but his critics are counting the cost of the operation. >>> shares in tepco sink further in tokyo trading. small amounts of plutonium found around the fukushima daiichi power plant. >>> and all of the news that's fit to print. the question is how much you'll pay for it. the "new york times" paywall is now up and running. >>> let's take you straight to the stock market action here in europe. some of these markets really taking a bit of a nose dive aft
Mar 13, 2011 3:00am EDT
at one of the reactors at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. a second reactor is also in trouble, but japan's ambassador to the u.s. has told cnn there is no evidence that a meltdown is under way. >> estimated 80,000 people live within ten kilometers of the plant, six miles, all of them have evacuated. another 180,000 people live up to 20 kilometers from the plant, they are being moved away from the area today. >> the key concern that radioactive material could be released, all of this at a time of high anxiety as rescuers scramble to find hundreds of people missing in this catastrophe. >> the official death toll stands at 801, but we do know that is going to climb much higher. the number of people missing remains vague. the official figure is 678. but one coastal town reports half its population, about 9,500 people, unaccounted for. nearly 1,500 people injured, and at least 3,000 people, we are told, have been rescued. >>> let's get the very latest on developments in the disaster zone. kyung lah filed this report a short time ago. >> reporter: when the tsunami came ashore, and i
Mar 16, 2011 3:00pm EDT
the fukushima daiichi plant, but what are you hearing about the threat around other parts of the country and also it appears culturally gentlem japanese not really out panicking. >> reporter: no. i think there have been many calls for people not to panic. it's not only for japanese but for everybody. there's been many, many pressers during the day from japanese officials about what's been happening within the plant and sometimes some of those conversations are a little contradictory. we know there have been problems at daiichi 3 and 4, the real focus. like everybody else, we're just walking. we're in tokyo, we were in akita yesterday. we haven't been close to the reactors so we feel very safe in terms of our personal exposure. i think the bigger case is how close you can get to cover a story and also for the people who are in the areas most affected and looking at those workers who you pointed out in the last section are the ones responsible now for trying to fix the problems at this reactor. we're watching it like everybody else. i'd say we're always cognizant of the ricsks and are cont
Mar 13, 2011 1:00am EST
seemingly conflicting information regarding what's happening at the fukushima daiichi nuclear facility. japan's ambassador to the u.s. told cnn there is no evidence of a meltdown there. he said this a couple of hours ago. but a japanese nuclear safety official tells cnn that a meltdown may have occurred at one or more of its nuclear reactors. he said, quote, we do believe that there is a possibility that meltdown has occurred. it is inside the reactor. we can't see. however, we are assuming that a meltdown has occurred. he went on to say, with reactor number three, we are also assuming that the possibility of a meltdown as we carry out measures. however, government officials insist the situation is under control and there are no indications of dangerously high radiation levels in the atmosphere but they have acknowledged there is some radiation in the air. we know radiation has been released and its affecting people. the chief cabinet secretary addressed that as well. >> translator: people who were evacuated on buses, among them nine people, after diagnosis. we have confirmed they may
Mar 22, 2011 5:30pm EDT
from japan fell fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. well-designed, nine dozen people are known to happen killed by the earthquake and tsunami. this town lies just 16 miles away from fukushima. many of the residents have left. some may never return. >> one week ago, the streets were busy with traffic. now the lights change, but there are no cars. this is what it looks like inside the contamination zone. tens of thousands fled, but many elderly cannot come up or will not. in a farmhouse, they find an old couple. the phone call is from their daughter. she wants them to leave. he says that they are fine. "we have plenty of food. your mother is sleeping all the time. we still have plenty of sake." along the coast, teams in biohazard suit, for the dead. it is a scene from a hollywood movie, except this is real. and in tokyo, and the one of the elite team of firemen said into the for christina plant last weekend to cool the reactors -- sent into the fukushima daiichi plant last began to cool the reactor is. >> we look at the building and we were very scared. when i got that, my wife told me tha
Mar 15, 2011 4:00am PDT
. but signs of what's happening at the fukushima daiichi plant are not good. there's been three explosions. radioactive material could be leaking from the base of the reactor. japan's prime minister said today the leaked radiation level is, quote, rather high. other officials added -- >> translator: now, we are talking about levels that can impact human health. i would like you to embrace this information calmly. keep yourself inside the house or workplaces. and watch out for the situation. >> reporter: japanese television echoed the warnings affecting 140,000 people in a 12-mile radius of the reactor. 70,000 have already evacuated. nearby test sites are checking people to see if they've been exposed to radiation. this woman says, i worry very much about the radiation. i don't know what to do. even in tokyo, 170 miles away, there are reports of slightly higher radiation levels. but officials say the levels are too small to threaten people there. the japanese government has reached out to the u.s. for nuclear advice. so, eight more experts from the nuclear regulatory commission are now on t
Mar 16, 2011 4:30am PDT
. here is the latest. >> reporter: today more problems at the fukushima daiichi power plant and the last line of defense grew even thinner. >> the worst case scenario are starting to unfold. >> there was a second fire at the fourth unit smoke rose from the number three reactor. helicopters scooped up sea water but the plan was cracked when radiation spiked. at least for a while, the final 50 workers kept on to help prevent a nuclear meltdown. >> the radiation levels are getting so high the workers can't day there. >> they continue to fluctuate. >> on the whole it oppose no health hazard. >> but 140,000 people are evacuated from near the nuclear plant. in tokyo 150 miles away, people are radiation badges and buying everything in sight. the natural disaster was probably worse. >> i think very likely the tsunami will considerably more people. >> the number that have died here exceeds 10,000 and hundreds of thousands are homeless. u.s. nuclear experts hope to solve the problem before it gets worse. >> scientists say the current levels of radiation don't pose a threat to people here in the u.
Mar 29, 2011 7:00pm PDT
resolution photographs of fukushima daiichi plant. they were taken an unmanned plane on march 20th and 24th, and they show the devastation caused by the tsunami and hydrogen explosions. the photos were taken by an aerial survey firm for the plant's operator, tokyo electric power company. the photo taken near the number 4 reactor shows that pump trucks connected by hoses in a line that stretches from the pier to the first four reactors. a professor at university of tokyo graduate school has studied the photos and explained what we can learn from them. >> translator: we brought some of those photographs. these are the photos taken on the 20th. what can you interpret from this? you can see the four reactors from 1 to 4, and it's a very clear photograph. we can observe how severely damaged they are. >> the number 2 reactor, 1, 2, 3 are all the same, but we keep up hearing the term "trench." where is the trench? >> yes, there is a pit connected with a trench, and usually it is covered with a building but this swept with the wave. >> this hole we see here? >> yes. this is the opening of the trenc
Mar 25, 2011 5:30pm PDT
to speculation that a reactor was damaged. >> under way to hospital, the workers injured at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. the radiation and water they were exposed to reject 10,000 times the normal level. >> in the latest pictures to be released, the broken buildings where they were working. filmed by the japanese military, the capture the destruction done to #three. the fear now that there is more damage than previously thought. >> the source of the water seems to be the reactor core. another possibility is the spent fuel, and we cannot rule out the possibility either. >> there is no suggestion that radiation levels are rising in the areas around the plant, but in the contamination zone between 20 and 30 kilometers away, the thousands of people who stayed in their homes have been encouraged to leave voluntarily. the possibility of further damage to one of the reactors appears to be a major setback. the precise source of the radiation leak is a new priority for those struggling to bring the plant under control. speaking to the nation for the first time in a week, the prime minister urged t
Mar 15, 2011 5:30pm PDT
to be dangerous. the struggle to stop and knelt down at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant it is ongoing. cooling water is recovering smoothly. but the plant is 150 miles north of the japanese capitol. there are still serious concerns. we have this from tokyo. >> it was built to help fuel and economics to work -- superpower. but now the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant is only adding to japan's was. the buildings house reactors, broken and overheating at risk of melting down. today, the latest in a series of blasts, the result of desperate efforts to cool them. amid the smoke, dangerous levels of radioactive substances. the levels are now 400 times the legal safety limit. they are falling to levels that are still abnormal, but not posing an immediate public health and safety risk. for six more miles outside this gordon, residents were told to seal themselves indoors -- outside this cordon, residents were told to seal themselves indoors. the prime minister is doing his best to reassure. >> i would like to ask the nation, although this is an incident of great concern, i request that you act very cal
Mar 28, 2011 4:30am EDT
levels at the crippled fukushima daiichi nuclear plant reached new levels. officials said again this morning that they believe it's because of a partial meltdown of reactor 2. radiation is spreading into the ocean north of the plant. officials admit it may take years to clean up the fukushima complex. lucy craft reports. >> reporter: panic at the plant. false radiation readings 10 million times higher than normal sent emergency workers scrambling from the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant on sunday. a correction soon followed. as did the inevitable apology. "i'm sorry for causing so much alarm. the number was wrong" this tepco official says. the real reading is still high, 100,000 times higher than normal, and came from a pool of water in unit two. two workers had to be hospitalized on thursday for burns, after stepping in similar pools of contaminated water. those pools are a problem in four of the complex's six reactors. primarily because no one knows what's causing them. top government officials suspect the seepage is from a cracked reactor core in one of the units. "the prospe
Mar 17, 2011 5:00am EDT
." >> battling to control the fukushima daiichi reactor. the u.s.çó becomes the latest country urging its citizens to leave, others stock up on supplies. the crackdown on anti-government protests continues. tanks and troopsÑiñr loyal forc backÑi after meeting fierce ran also in this program, italy with a celebration as the nation marks a milestone anniversary. >> ewanification is still a work in progress. this is a nation still coming to terms with its own identity. >> hello. seven days into the disaster, japanese authorities are still battling to bring stability to the fukushima daiichi power plant. initially prevented from getting to the area,Ñi operator are now dumping water to help cool the reactor. >> welcome to tokyo. night is falling. the japanese authorities have spent another day trying to battle the fires at the fukushima power plant.Ñi the situation there overshadowing very much the humanitarian crisis from the terrible quick quake and tsunami that has now killed some 4,500, someñr 8,000 still missing.Ñi itñr seems the number killed wi farñr excreed the 0,000 predicted
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Mar 13, 2011 3:00pm EDT
? >> what we've been monitoring up to date right now is that there are six reactors at fukushima daiichi plant and four more plants at fukushima daiichi. we heard takamura 70 miles away from tokyo has experienced cooling failure. then there onigawa plant that had a fire immediately after the earthquake two days ago. so we count eight reactors that are now in crisis. >> eric: what does it mean exactly when you say they are in crisis. the government, for example, says there could be a partial meltdown in one of the original plants but they don't believe there will be a mull meltdown. do you concur with that? >> no. our concern is information is keeping up with events. we monitored a partial meltdown yesterday when it became evident that hydrogen detonation exploded at fukushima daiichi number one and fukushima daiichi number 3 has experiencing a similar explosion there. the cooling systems at these other reactors are now in battle between the operators trying to systems to avert more nuclear nightmares. information is very important. right now -- it's our concern that events are well ahead
Mar 30, 2011 4:00am EDT
by the fukushima daiichi power plant. the navy reports radioactive iodine in the ocean near the plant has increased to the highest level yet -- more than 3,000 times it legal limit. tepco has faced mounting criticism of the handling of the nuclear disaster which began on march 11 when the tsunami knocked out cooling system generators. tepco's president has rarely been seen in public. the last time we saw him was at a press conference march 15. tepco says he's been ill but in control of a company from another tepco office. critics have accused tepco of being too slow to ask for help and calling ofrn french and american expertise. it's facing repeated accusations that it's hiding or downplaying information about this crisis. japan's prime minister lost patience on tuesday yelling, quote, what the hell is going on? well the nuclear crisis is now in its 20th day. the failure to stabilize the plant and reports of increasing radiation leaks are creating more concern by the day for the japanese public. inside the plant, workers are facing not only the nuclear dangers, but also harsh living conditions and
Mar 16, 2011 6:00am PDT
in radiation levels at fukushima daiichi. they will h been rotated to minimize radiation exposure. this morning, the japanese emperor made an address to the nation. he expressed his condolences and urged japan not to give up. the death toll is now nearing 3700, more than 8,000 people are still missing. now, the latest from tokyo. >> workers return to the damage fukushima daiichi plant on wednesday after being evacuated. the latest in setbacks with a country still struggling. another fire was discovered wednesday morning at the number four reactor building. government officials are concerned about a possible breach of the containment vessel for reactor number 3. they are worried it could be releasing radioactive steam. >> the fukushima daiichi number 3 reactor has been seen white smoke coming out. >> self-defense force had to abort a containment crisis abort ago maneuver. >> it is cause for concern. >> to have one fire is serious, but to have one fire when you have problems at three other plants is very serious. and each time one of these fires the danger to those fuel rods increases. they are n
Mar 18, 2011 6:00am PDT
are cautiously optimistic about the fukushima daiichi plant. plant officials connected the cooling equipment to a diesel generator allowing them to pump sea water. they expect to another power source on friday to cool another two. >> the work is going to put water into the plant at the same time, efforts are going to evaluate the results of yesterday's work and operations. >> reporter: the team continued operations at the most troubled reactor. for a second day. they doused the number three reactor from water cannons from the ground and dropped water from the air. on thursday, president obama commended the work of emergency responders in harm's way. >> even as japanese responders continue to do heroic work. we know that the damage to the nuclear reactor at fukushima daiichi poses a substantial risk to people nearby. >> u.s. pledged medical and humanitarian support. >> we are working aggressively to support our japanese ally in this time of explored charge, search and rescue teams are on the ground to help recovery efforts. we have flown hundreds of rescue mission and distributed water and fo
Mar 19, 2011 7:00am EDT
-establish power at the fukushima daiichi sometime today but even if power is restored it is not clear if the cooling pumps will work. meanwhile, the japanese government says spinach and milk taken from farms near the fukushima daiichi plant exceed safety limits for radiation. japan's chief cabinet secretary was quick to add it poses no immediately health risk. officials here in the u.s. saying testing along the west coast shows no health threats from the radiation spewing from the reactors in japan. they say the radiation that has reached the u.s. coastline has dissipated so much it poses no risk at all. nbc's robert bazelle is live with us in tokyo and with a good evening you're feeling an aftershock in the last hour or so. what was that like? >> reporter: well, it's like we've been having them twice a day or so since we've been here and a particularly big feeling one because it was fairly close to here. only about 80 miles to the north. the earthquake is moving down the fault line and had more and more south since the original gigantic one a week ago. >> okay. well then, good to kno
Mar 31, 2011 4:30pm PDT
. >>catherine: 826 rolled unemployed worker was found breaking into the radioactive towers at fukushima daiichi. hey marcel, watch this! hey marcel, watch this! [ buzzer sounds ] [ cheers and applause ] ♪ hey marcel, watch this! yeah, marcel! -marcel! -hey marcel! are you listening to me? marcel! [ male announcer ] don't miss a second of ncaa march madness with my multiview, only from at&t u-verse. just $29 a month for the first 6 months. dvr included. in the network there are no hard choices. >>catherine: national news, san diego is getting slack a particularly brutal rest at a soccer game. it appears that police officers. this portal-our res this brittle-arr. this man had three stitches to is i, with his head being slammed onto the concrete. this video was captured by a cellphone video. >> it does look brutal when you look at it but basically it is to officers tried to take a suspect into custody that did not want to be taken into custody. >>catherine: clearly, excessive force and it will probably get away with it. the department is doing an internal review. >>catherine: with florida's inte
Mar 30, 2011 5:30am EDT
with child protective services. 3 the crisis continues at the fukushima daiichi nnclear power plant in japan.. damage to the nuclear facility can be seen from the air.... worrers are struggling to cool reactors and prevent radioactive water frommleaking into the ocean. meanwhile... the death toll from the tsunami is more than 11-thousand.the estimated coot of the quake and tsunami are expected to top more than 300- billion dollars... making it the world's most expensive natural disaster. trace amounts of radiation are showing up n rainwater here in maryland. earlier this week... trace levels of radioactive iodine 131 were picked up by air monitors near two nuclear facilities.over the weekend... japan saw huge spikes in radioactivity... which means we could see more elevated readings here... but healtt officialsssay the increased &plevels in marylaad are not dangerous. sharfstein says, " much much less than an x-ray. in ca, reported amount lees than 1 / 10th of what you'd get flying &pfrom chicago la - chicago. what we found in md as a lot less thhn what they saw in ca." ca." scientists
Mar 21, 2011 5:30pm EDT
. the situation remains serious at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plants. and a construction worker in boston ellet reviewed at work gets a full face transplant. -- electrocuted at work it's a full face transplant. hello and welcome. president obama and other western leaders involved in any military operation in live yet make it clear the operation is not about regime changed your yet two nights -- regime change. two nights of bombing let's go live to ben braun in eastern libya. that area is being held by the rebels. >> hello and welcome from to broke in eastern libya. -- tubruk in eastern libya. more air strikes are under way tonight. anti-aircraft fire lit up the night sky. libyan state television are saying the capital has been attacked by what it calls "crusader enemies." that the attacks are not going to scared -- are not going to scare the namibian people. that is what libyan tv has been saying. coalition leaders are saying they effectively have a no-fly zone in place in the skies over libya. last night, one of the key targets was one of colonel gaddafi's compounds in tripoli where a three-st
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